Known mainly for its work with motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, Polish company Romet Motors has rolled out its prototype 4E, a two-seat neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV). The company envisions the 4E (that's Electric, Economic, Ecologic, Easy) as an urban tool that slots in between two-wheeled, gasoline-fueled motorcycles and scooters and the more conventional autos that jam our roads today.

The 769-pound (without batteries) 4E is extremely small, yet fairly capable... when compared to other NEVs. The 4E is powered by a pair of DC motors with a combined rating of 4 kW and a 10 kWh battery in one of two flavors; lead acid or lithium-ion. Top speed is listed at 28 miles per hour and range is a more-than-reasonable 62 miles. If Romet gives the 4E the nod, then production could begin next year. With a projected price tag of only €6,000-7,000 ($8,370 to $9,765 U.S. at the current exchange rate), we'd bet that buyers in highly congested urban centers of Western Europe would snatch up the limited production run of 4Es in nothing flat.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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